My Beer Pix

A visual tribute to beer and the people who love it.

Ho Ho Ho

Suffering through an old Christmas beer. Thinking it may pair well with the cheese and crackers leftover from the x-mas party that I haven’t gotten around to throwing out.

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On Fleek

I was in the mood for a strong sweet stout while soaking in the jacuzzi, and found this in the fridge. A 13% imperial stout from gypsy brewer Stillwater Artisanal and Casita Cerveceria …hmm..brewed and canned in Stratford, CT. Not exactly what I was looking for, but very good. Sweet roasted malts on the nose […]

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Windy Hill

I was happy with this NE hazy IPA offering from San Diego’s Mikkeller. 7% ABV, juicy, with slightly stronger citrus peel bitterness that lingers a bit.

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Goo Goo Muck IPA 

Goo Goo Muck = The Cramps…at least the first time I heard the song.  Later with compilation album(s) “Songs The Cramps Taught Us” I found out it was a cover by a band in the early ’60s called Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads.   Damn fine beer from Fall Brewing.  Mild hop bitterness, grassy hop nose, […]

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Destination Unknown 

A delish 8% ABV double IPA in the NE hazy-style, from the fine folks at Alvarado Street Brewery.   Found this gem at the Solana Beach BC.  

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Culture Mosaic IPA 

A nice offering that seems to have grown in popularity.  A good mix of bitterness and fruitiness in a glass.

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21st Amendment Friday Night Variety

Tales from the Kettle — Scottish style and black tea ale Fireside Chat — Winter seasonal brew, strong ale with spices Sneak Attack — Winter Saison, crisp, dry rich Blah Blah Blah DIPA — Deep gold double IPA, 9 hops, juicy & chewy

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Electrocution IPA 

It seems like I haven’t seen Electrocution IPA on tap here since around the anniversary party in Nov.  Don’t get me wrong, loved all the can releases, Top of the Dial, Faraway Towns…etc.  but Electrocution is always a great option.  

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Primordial IIPA

It’s been years since I’ve had a Primordial IPA from Vista’s Mother Earth Brew Co.  I remember the first place I had it outside their brewery supply store / nano brewery was Phileas Foggs in Poway.  Quite good then.  Quite good now. Nose is sweet maltyness with piney and resinous hop notes.  Flavor is malty […]

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Half Door Brewing Tasters

L to R = Buzzwords, Hypemachine, Bean Bar and Gimmick.   Though all decent, but I preferred Buzz over Hype, she preferred Gimmick over Bean.  Just saying..

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Top of the Dial

Plus a Bee Side taster, and a Gold Record for the lady.  Always a good stop.

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Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet

While it is true, I’ve not had Torpedo in a while.. .I’m enjoying this offering more than I recall liking Torpedo.  Lighter malt I’m thinking.   And it has that 8% ABV thing going for it.

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Happy New Year

Enjoyed some beers with friends during the eve.  

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Belgian New Year at BLAH

Well into or Belgian New Year celebration …with some damn fine options.  Petrus with Passionfruit, Gulden Draak Calvados (aged in apple brandy barrels), Depont Avec Les Bons Voeur…on and on. The hard part will be biking the 10+ miles back home before it gets dark.  Lucky for us it is mostly downhill.  

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Modern Times Tasters

A bit ahead of schedule, thirsty and in need of a restroom break….so we found a place to stop. L to R,  Ghost Train, Folding Ships, Elemental Magic and Transit of Venus.

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Windows Up IPA

Enjoying this one from Alpine at 508 Tavern on the eve before New Years Eve.

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Escondido Brewing Tasters

L to R is top to bottom on the menu (in the background). Greatly enjoyed Hopcondido IPA at first sip.  Sadly, the others…not so much.  Decided to save the Hopcondido while I attempted to give other beers a second, third…fourth chance/taste.  We couldn’t finish most. While that happened, Hopcondido got weird.  The nose was total […]

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Happy!Happy!Happy!

Though it’s served hazy at the moment,  the IPA has more a west coast hop profile with a lingering grapefruit-peel bitterness. Tasty. 

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Island Hopper

Greatly enjoyed this dry sour cider from Los Angeles’s 101 Cider House.  Had I not known it was a cider, I would have thought a sour beer.  It’s full-bodied, some sweetness up front with the fruit in the nose, but more tart on the palate.  Quite nice.

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Whispering Pine IPA

Hydration is key.  This will work in a pinch.  Big Bear Lake Brewing Company’s (not to be confused with older Big Bear Mountain Brewing) has a malty base with some risidual sweetness, and pleasent hop bitterness.  Plus it’s got that 8.5% ABV thing going for it.  

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Sculpin IPA at Snow Summit

I chose over Lagunitas IPA, 805, Fat Tire and a few Coors options. As expected, premium prices for a crappy selection to a captive clientele.  

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Into the Sunset

An abundance of sweet orange zest on the nose.  A pleasent mild bitterness at first.  Maybe because of the sweet nose, but I’m getting more an unpleasant grapefruit peel bitterness that lingers a bit longer on the finish. I had no problem finishing the bottle, but likely wouldn’t buy again. 

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Joe-Joe’s Cookie Stout

Some Ho Ho Ho to go.   Sweet roasted malts, with a hint of vanilla, up front.  Mildly bitter finish…seems more roasty bitterness and not a hop bitterness.  Flavor/mouth feel is like a milk stout.  At 6% ABV is like a light pastry stout I kept sipping and sipping…until it disappeared.  I enjoyed it.

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Tempered Ego IPA

A newer New England-style hazy IPA from the fine folks at San Diego’s own Resident Brewing Co. Juicy with citrus hop flavors, mild bitterness and 6.7% ABV.   Very enjoyable.  

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Santo Ron Diego

Pulled a beer from the fridge door that’s been sitting for a while to share.  Nice carbonation with more oak characteristics and slightly lighter body than I recall originally.  Deceptively smooth for 12.5% ABV.

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Top of the Dial

A newer, but by now almost gone, 8% IPA in the hazy style.  A mix of fruity and citrus, and west coast hop flavors.  Tasty.

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Por Favor

I found Baja Brewing Mexican IPA was more poor flavor than por favor.  I dumped after a couple sips.

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Unsung Brewing Tasters 

R to L – Paler Ale, Nebuloid, Blackberry Sour and Will Rancher. Alway a good stop when in Anaheim.  Now filling crowlers to go.

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Thunderhawk Tasters

My fav being the Hot Liqqa Tank, a 4.7% ABV wheat based golden ale fermented with sake yeast and hooped with Nelson hops.  Michele preferred the SS Friendship, the same wheat based golden ale but with a different hop, and Over There, a malt forward dunkelweiss.

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Allagash little brett

Very nice.  A session pale ale with great brettanomyces characteristics.  Funky barnyard, mild hops over a very pale malt body.  

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Hoppy Hoppy Night IPA

Belching Beaver Brewery 5th Anniversary beer.  First sip fresh after pouring, the hop nose was strong, resinous and piney, with an astringent quality, making first taste a bit harsh.  The strong nose dimished fairly quickly and seemed to smooth-out the flavors.  

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Rock Bottom LJ Tasters

L to R, a blonde and IPAs….top to bottom…plus the BA imperial oatmeal stout on the far right. Both the La Jolla Mosaic IPA and La Lupula Blanc White IPA were both quite enjoyable…not that the others were bad,  just liked the others more.

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Eppig FestBier

Local Tap House Yeah, it’s an Octoberfest beer and it’s already November, but I’m good with extending the season.

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Quinquagenary Ale

I was quite pleased with Trader Joes 2017 Vintage Ale.  I don’t recall enjoying some of the previous years versions as much.  Let it warm in the glass a bit to get the most of the sweet malt character.  Dangerously  smooth and easy to sip for a 9% ABV beverage.

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Wyld Stallyns

No longer on draft but cans still available. The collaboration beer from Amplified Ale Works and Alvarado Street Brewery is a damn fine beer.  Juicy and hazy, with pronounced fruit/ citrus notes and moderate bitterness.  Get it while you can.

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Voyager

A little more than half-way into today’s bike ride and some fuel was needed.  After trying many, Benchmark Brewing Company Belgian-style Dubbel, was the perfect choice.  Oh, don’t get me wrong. ..the table beer, the tart table beer with strawberries,  their standard IPA, the Survey Series No3 IPA,  and Trail Dog west coast style IPA […]

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A late Enjoy By

Partially obscured by some other promising options, it was noticed a tad late. Not quite as devistatingly fresh as it could have been, but pretty good.

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Raging Ciders & Meads

I’ve been fortunate and have been enjoying Dave’s ciders and meads for many years.  Starting  Friday, 10 Nov 17, all y’all get the chance to do the same when Raging Ciders and Meads opens its door to the public. Four ciders and one mead at his soft opening last week.  All good and different. Dave […]

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Church Key

A juicy and delicious 5.3% ABV hazy IPA from the fine folks at Mother Earth Brew Co. I tried from a growler some weeks back and have been wanting to stop by the source ever since.  It did not disappoint.

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Lost Cause Meadery Tasters

Enjoyed tasters at Lost Cause Meadery’s soft opening.   6 nice options.  Buck It and Excellent were my favs…

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2017 Celebration

Yep, it’s that time of year again…Brussels sprouts stalks, and wet hop beers…oh, and Sierra Nevada’s Celebration IPA on shelves  while it lasts.

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MOAB Hazy IPA

Not so much a NE hazy…more a hazy west coast style, but I’m enjoying it.  From Oceanside’s Legacy Brewing.

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Raceway IPA

No malty sweetness in this west-coast IPA.  Very tasty.  A limited can release from Pizza Port Brewing

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Hermitage Citra IPA

Nose is malty sweetness and resinous hops.  The taste matches.  A 7% west-coast IPA with a sweet malty base.  Overall decent, but nothing to write home about.

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Contender IPA

I found this 6.3% ABV wet hopped IPA made with Mosaic hops quite good.  The Seadawg IPA, also an IPA made with Mosaic,  was also quite nice, but a bit more grassy, with bitterness lingering a bit longer than the Contender. After the warm day, the Contender suited my dry palate. Both on draft now […]

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Ghost Reducer IPA

A tasty 6% hazy IPA from Automatic Brewing at Tiger!Tiger! 6th anniversary celebration.  Pale malt body,  mild bitterness, tropical/citrus flavors.

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Hail to the Hop Thief

It’s a double IPA, and even though they claim it’s unfiltered, it’s actually pretty clear, clean, crisp, and dry.  It’s thinker than a regular IPA though not syrupy at all.  It reminds me of a matured Enjoy By where it matured well.  That and I like the blue labeling on the bottle.  It stands out […]

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Hybrid Moments

A light and refreshing tasting Belgian-style pale ale at Amplified Ale Works.  Hmmm….surprisingly clocking in at 6.9% ABV.  I would have guessed lower than that.

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Omnipollo Lustro IIPA

  At first, the nose and the flavor didn’t really add up.  With the pale malt body and grapefruit citrus nose from the dry-hopping, I didn’t expect such a piney and grassy hop bitterness.  Add to that the 8% ABV, and it was like a NE IPA on steroids….less the hazy. Very good, but not […]

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135 (wet hop) IPA

Grassy with notes of citrus and pine.  The malt bill accentuates nice hop flavors while not adding undesirable sweetness. Tasty.  On draft at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

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El Sully Mexican Lager

21st Amendment’s version of a traditional Mexican Lager. It’s pretty down the line 4.8% style one, with a slight toasty smell and faint butter aftertaste that’s only possible if you are comparing it head to head w/ a mass marketed one. The carbonation is finer w/ smaller bubbles and what’s even better, it’s missing the […]

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MC Session IPA

Highly drinakble session IPA from Bend Brewing Company. A great means by which to enjoy the last of summer in Bend, OR.

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Hopulent IPA in SLC

Stopped in SLC waiting for next flight. Lunch was served with a Hopulent IPA bomber from Epic. I will definitely sleep on the flight out.

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Say When India Pale Ale

With a big fruity nose and pleasant hop bitterness,  I found this newer offering from Mother Earth Brew Co quite enjoyable.  Plus it’s got that 7.5% ABV thing going for it.

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TRVE Ancient Bole

One of three TRVE Brewing beers still on draft at Pizza Port OB. I started with the sour oak-aged dry-hopped saison.  Tasty.  

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Granite City, The Northern

Stopped into a nice pub north of KCMO to get out of the monsoon. Enjoying a couple of The Nortnern and some food before heading off to the city.

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Pretty Bird IPA

At Pizza Port Solana Beach. Hot AF in here…but good beer makes it tolerable. Without the beer it’s like a weight-loss program.

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The Juice

A beer from Maine’s Peak Organic Brewing Company I actually like. An enjoyable dry-hopped pale ale with citrus and floral hop notes and pleasent mild bitterness over a pale malt body. Hmm…no ABV on the can.

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Little Freak

Found in the fridge behind some forgotten condomints. I’m guessing 7 to 9 years old. It’s held up surprisingly well.

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Coronado Beer Stop

35 miles into today’s bike ride and a stop to fuel was necessary. 5.8% ABV Strawberry Shores for the lady and 8% ABV Joocy Jay IIPA for me. Should be enough for the approx 11 miles home.

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Bend the Knee

Very happy with this Belgian-style strong golden ale. Mildly sweet up front and nice pale malt and Belgian yeast flavors hide the 9% ABV. Finish has the same light sweetness, which quickly disappates.

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Klokke Roeland

11% ABV Belgian strong ale currently on draft at Westside Tap Room, Point Loma.  Always a good choice. 

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Apocalypse IPA

At 10 Barrel’s OG West brew pub in Bend, OR enjoying my go to IPA here, Apocalypse.

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North Rim Blast Cap IRA

Hanging out in Bend, OR this week. Currently enjoying a Blast Cap IRA from #northrimbrewing

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Doree

Via the mouth, and using proper glassware, Dorée is now in me.  Very nice flavor; thirst quenching on this warm So Cal day. 

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Yeeewwww IPA

When you say the name of this one you need to make the Shaka sign with your fingers. Lots of mosaic in this Backstreet Brew.

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AleSmith Double IPA

Not to long ago, it was released as their summer Yulesmith.  Tasty, and has that 8.5% ABV thing going for it.

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Electrocution IPA

Recently made available is 16oz 4-paks, so you don’t have to drink the whole 64oz growler or 32oz crowler in a single sitting.  Not that I won’t drink all 4 now, I may…it’s just an option.

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Same Hops Different IPA

Very tasty, made with Mosaic and Citra.  At Pizza Port OB, but made at PP Carlsbad. 

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Check Your Hops

A freshly kegged juicy and delicious 7% ABV IPA from the fine folks at Amplified Ale Works.  Get it while you can,  because it won’t last.

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Thousands of Money

A very refreshing 100% mosaic hopped IPA.  Nice citrus flavors with a bit of underlying melon, and pleasant mild bitterness.  It’s also got that 7.1% ABV thing going for it.  Works well with the 90+ degree weather.  At Pure Project.

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Crystal IPA

Just in time for summer….the Amplified / Karl Strauss Pathway collaboration ale is just what the day needed. Pleasant lingering bitterness over a pale malt body with dry finish.  

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Accumulated Knowledge

In pool-safe plastic-wear.  “I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”

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La fin du monde

It’s a Belgian, it’s a triple at 9%, it tastes awesome.  Not much more to say…

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Maiden the Shade

A cool beverage after a warm day. Ninkasi summer seasonal IPA is working nicely.  

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Maiden the Shade by Ninkasa

Seasonal release IPA.  Like all summer IPAs I like mine extra cold but didn’t have the patience to put it in the freezer, so yes that’s ice.  It’s a full bodied IPA, not a session one so even with the ice it doesn’t have that watered down taste–as it shouldn’t as it’s 6.8% by volume […]

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Fox Fur Hazy IPA

Very refreshing.  Light body with juicy hop flavors. At Unsung Brewing Company.

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Kilowatt Brewing OB Tasting Room

We made a stop at the recently opened satellite tasting room in OB and we were pleasently surprised with the beer.  We had been to their Clairmont location when they first opened and weren’t to impressed.  Definitely a step in the right direction. Favs were a single hop American IPA named Galaxy Hoptastic Voyage, a […]

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Child of the Sun

Pleasantly tart with a nice finish is more reminiscent of a wild ale, and different from most grisette ales we’ve tried.  From Idle Hands Craft Ales, from Malden, MA, it clocks in at 5.5% ABV.

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Leo vs Ursus: Fortem

A tasty 8.2% unfiltered imperial IPA.  Piney and resinous hop nose, with strong but pleasant hop bitterness over a pale malt body with no residual sweetness.  Bitterness lingers only slightly after swallowing.

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Modern Times Centaur Gardens

6.6% ABV IPA in the hazy-style.  The light body with nice citrus hop flavors and pleasant crisp bitterness complements my man-salad well.  It also complements other things…like air. 

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Enjoy By Memorial Day 2017

Possibly not as devistatingly fresh as it could have been had I drank the day I got it, but still pretty darn tasty.  Plus it’s got that 9.4% ABV thing going for it.

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Majordomo and Woolsey Wit

R to L – Gunwhale Ales – Majordomo and Arizona Wilderness Woolsey Wit.   Damn fine beverages.

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Idahome IPA from Sawtooth Brewery

Had a nice big handle of this classic American IPA from @sawtoothbrewery while steak and potatoing it at Jakers in Pocatello, ID. Crisp, delicious and modest 6.7% ABV, the next time I’m up in the Sawtooth area I am definitely go to swing by and have a few tasters.

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